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The Men Light it Up for Utah Dive on First Day of Air Force Invite

Feb 3, 2022

USAF ACADEMY- The Utah dive team wrapped up the first day of competition at the Air Force Diving Invite on Thursday night with a huge victory in the newly introduced team event.
"We had a really good day today with some great individual performances and it was highlighted by our men lighting it up in the team event," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "The team event really allowed us to feed off each other and the energy in the pool was really high from the competitors and spectators."

An event that has been run at the Tennessee and UCLA Invite's earlier this month, the team event consists of 3 divers from each team doing two dives for a total of six dives per team. Within the six dives, two must be done on each event of 1M, 3M and platform. Each team must do one dive from each category (front, back, reverse, inward, twist and armstand).

Junior Luke McDivitt competed in both of the 10M dives during the team event, totaling 60.8 in the first round and 72 in the second. Recently named Pac-12 Men's Diver of the Week, Tony Chen, earned 55.5 points on the 1M and a 76.5 on the 3M. Freshman Ben Smyth was the third and final diver for the Utes and scored a 55.9 on the 1M and 51.3 on the 3M. Combined, Utah totaled 372 points to take home the victory.

California Baptist captured second (275.5), Denver finished in third (273.55) and BYU placed fourth (268.2). Meet host Air Force placed fifth (266.9) and Wyoming in sixth (265.9).

"We're looking forward to having this event included at Pac-12's this year," Marschner said.

Accompanying the men's team event Thursday night was the women's 3M final and men's 1M final. Chen was the lone representative for Utah in the 1M final and posted his best score of the season totaling 340.15 points.

"Individually Tony had a season best on the 1M and he's looking great as we head into the homestretch," stated Marschner.

McDivitt missed out on the advancing to the final but bounced back and made the most of the consolation final finishing first with a score of 304.70.

For the women, freshman Holly Waxman led the Utes scoring a new season-best to place fifth (300.85) in the 3M final as junior Lizzy DeCecco captured seventh.

The dive team is back at it tomorrow morning as the men and women will flip events. Competition is set to begin at 8:00am MT and will conclude later in the night with the men's 3M, women's 1M and women's team event final.  

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